– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Say the word superhero to someone and there’s a good chance that one of the heroes that immediately comes to mind is Batman. He may not have super-abilities or anything, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the biggest superheroes in the comic book medium’s long and storied history, and he’s gone on to be one of the most profitable characters of all time.

On the horizon, we have director Matt Reeves’ The Batman coming down the pipe, which will star Robert Pattinson in the title role. Of course, Pattinson follows a long history of great actors taking on the role, with each person bringing a different type of hero to the screen.

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Interestingly enough, it doesn’t sound like Pattinson really thinks of Batman as a hero, as he revealed to the New York Times.

“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero—there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.”

So, at the end of the day, I do think it depends what your definition of hero is. I think many Batman fans have conceded that the Caped Crusader has a few screws loose, but in spite of it all, he does end up working for the greater good, even if it’s for selfish reasons. 

This also makes me wonder how exposed Pattinson is to superheroes in general. With the exception of maybe Superman, most superheroes are constantly coping with their inherent human flaws.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.